It’s not that Babita Kumari isn’t worried about COVID-19. It’s just that her dedication to providing family planning to her community wins out over personal fear of catching the virus.
An accredited social health activist serving a remote Indian village, the 36-year-old wife and mother of three embodies the principles of Keep Calm, Carry On, and Promote—Jhpiego’s strategy for ensuring quality family planning services during the pandemic.
The global crisis hasn’t stopped sex and pregnancies—including many unwanted ones. In fact, the goals of Family Planning 2020—a global partnership aiming to enable 120 million additional women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020—are at risk due to reductions in coverage of essential services, reversing hard-earned progress.
But there is cause for celebration this World Contraception Day: COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Jhpiego from partnering with governments all over the world or health care heroes like Babita from deploying creative solutions that ensure continuity of respectful, client-centered family planning care.
Here are a few examples: